The How To's of Prayer Ministry
18.104.22.168.1 A Possible Job Description of the Prayer Minister or Pastor Might Include:
- Organize a monthly prayer meeting in the local church as well as prayer room activities. Many ethnic gatherings may be meeting at the same church location. Each can contribute understanding to what an on campus prayer ministry will look like. We also recommend that prospective leaders be allowed to gather with other prayer leaders from other congregations so as to lend understanding to the realities of a local prayer ministry. In rural areas prayer ministries from several towns may occasionally come together for instruction and networking ideas. In large cities prayer ministries may choose to meet representing geographic regions and/or cultural or ethnic segments. A prayer agenda is simple, to pray in earnest for their perspective city, its leaders, and its churches, asking for renewal and healing, the salvation of individuals and the transformation of the moral and spiritual climate of the church and city. The meeting should not become bogged down in lengthy sharing of personal requests or socializing, but have a targeted agenda for concerted prayer and teaching. When time allows special planning and networking can be included to further the effectiveness of developing a city-wide movement as it is ultimately impossible to separate prayer from action (this point is well made by James 2:26 'faith not acted upon is dead faith'.
- The prayer pastor or minister must be a catalyst for helping build friendship, trust, and a sense of partnership. The prayer minister must be able to cultivate unity while at the same time respect diversity. The key focus is not to abandon theological, cultural and denominational distinctive, but to de-emphasize them to the point where true cooperation and spiritual unity can be experienced. Particular sensitivity must be shown when the prayer ministry is composed of charismatic and non-charismatic alike. One form of prayer must not be insisted upon by everyone. Nor should one group overpower the other. This can be accomplished by grouping those to a prayer team that share similar prayer gifts and styles. In this manner those who travail or speak in tongues are free to express more charismatic styles of prayer while those who practice traditional forms of prayer can feel free to seek the Father at ease. Prayer styles should never be a point of contention in prayer room ministry. Nor should it be a hindrance to others.
- The prayer pastor or minister should be able to work and feel that they are a part of the pastoral staff. To often prayer ministers, especially women are treated as second class citizens. They should have a clear understanding of the perimeters of their authority and accessibility to set up monthly meetings, teaching workshops, and prayer room schedules.